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Grandparenting with a purpose offers resources to help grandparents intentionally pray for their grandchildren to know and follow Jesus Christ.

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Pray for the Future of our Nation and our World

May 29, 2016
PRAY FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR NATION AND OUR WORLD for our grandchildren.  Imagine the impact of a Million Grandparents praying fervently and intentionally can have on our nation and our world.  To participate click on http://www.millionprayinggrandparents.com  

Learn how to share Faith Footprints with your Grandchildren

May 26, 2016
Did you know 23 million grandparents live in the United States (DJC Communications, 2012)? In just seven years (2020), that number will jump to 80 million. Not only is the grandparent generation growing, they are living longer, healthier lives with a desire to continue to using their gifts for the kingdom of God and leave a faith legacy. Today’s grandmothers were physically and emotionally engaged as mothers; now, they are driven to continue at that high level of involvement with the next generation.  Regardless of their age, current grandmothers seek activities to do with grandchildren especially activities that allow them to follow the Biblical directive to “tell the next generation” (Psalm 78:4). “Some grandmothers babysit; others push strollers. But every grandma wants to make a difference. “What will be my legacy?” is a refrain that echoes repeatedly through the precious hours we spend with a grandchild.  A Christian grandmother knows she is making a difference, because she leaves footprints of faith. That’s the focus of the new book, Faith Footprints with my Grandchild, written by Dr. Mary Man Simon.  It will encourage, support and strengthen the God connection between a grandmother and her grandchild. Faith Footprints with My Grandchild; 52 Devotions, Activities and Reflections comes from my heart as a grandmother.  That’s why topics include relating to a daughter-in-law, competition with “the other” grandma and long-distance grandmothering. Dr. Mary Manz Simon says, “Ideas are child-tested and developmentally appropriate for children of all ages, although I have five grandsons, I’m an educator, too. This book would make a great gift for grandmother friends or to trigger discussion in senior adult ministry. Faith Footprints equips women to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with children who are precious to them and to God. The book is available at  http://faithfootprints.com About the Author: Mary Manz Simon, who earned a doctorate in education, is an award-winning author with more than 3 million books sold. A thought leader in the Christian children’s market, she has worked with entertainment entities, periodicals, and major publishers including Walden Media, Sony Home Entertainment, DreamWorks Animation, and American Girl.  She and her husband, Hank, a Lutheran pastor, have been married for more than 40 years. They have three adult children and five grandsons.      

Do You Know God’s Purpose for you as a Grandparent?

May 24, 2016
God has positioned us, as grandparents to serve our generation just as David served his generation. We read in Acts 13:36 “ David completed the work God set out for him in his generation.” According to Deuteronomy 4:9, God’s will for us is to teach God’s commands to our children and our children’s children. In John 10:10 we read the enemy’s purpose is to steal, kill and destroy our families, but Jesus says, “I am come that they may have life, and have it to the fullest” My husband and I have the responsibility to pray for our grandchildren and teach God’s commands by an example of a Godly life for our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. God wants us to complete the work He has set out for us to do because our family is our first mission field. Have you thought about God’s purpose for you as a grandparent? Is it to fulfill His commands to be the Godly example to your generation? Dear Lord, show me what your purpose looks like for me as a grandparent to my precious grandchildren. In Jesus’ name. Will you make September 11 the National Grandparents’ Day  a Grandparent’s Day of Prayer for your grandchildren? To learn more about the Grandparents’ Day of Prayer Click on http://www.grandparentsdayofprayer.com Note: Monday I shared about the Grandparents Day of Prayer and the Million Praying Grandparents in an interview on “The River” radio program. If you would like to listen click on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/krvr/2016/05/23/praying-grandparents By Lillian Penner, National Prayer Director for Christian Grandparenting Network                                              

Have you Invested in a Spiritual Trust Fund?

May 19, 2016
Have you thought about investing in a spiritual trust fund for your grandchildren and future descendants? We may not have wealth to pass on to our children, grandchildren, and future descendants, but we can give them a spiritual trust fund. Author, Jennifer Kennedy Dean shares in her book, The Legacy of Prayer, about a spiritual trust fund that will only increase in value with time. She writes, “We can leave behind for our descendants a spiritual trust that can never be stolen, squandered, or lost. We can lay up a storehouse of imperishable wealth by praying for our grandchildren and future generations. Our prayers are deposits in their spiritual trust fund and will be there for withdrawals when needed.”[1] According to Isaiah 55:11, “God’s Word will not return empty.” When we claim the promises in His Word and pray according to His will, I believe God hears our prayers and then saves them for the right time to answer according to His time, which may not be our timing.   Our descendants do not inherit salvation. Nevertheless, we can pray our descendants will live in a constant awareness of God’s presence and be firmly established in His Word. It will prepare their hearts for the time when they are presented an opportunity to step into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.   Jennifer Kennedy Dean also writes, “As we seek the Lord ourselves, we are laying up treasures for our grandchildren and future generations by the way God is reflected in our lives. As we invest in our own walk with the Lord and our prayers for our grandchildren and future generations, we are investing in eternity.”[2] Now that is a great investment return we would all enjoy seeing. Ask yourself: Do I have a Spiritual Trust Fund for my grandchildren and future descendants? Prayer
 Dear Lord, thank you for my family. Give me a greater passion to pray for them. Satan is seeking to destroy our families. Help me to be more intentional in praying for them. May all those generations who come after me find me faithful?                             In Jesus’ name, Amen. [1] Jennifer Kennedy Dean, Legacy of Prayer, Birmingham, New Hope Publishers, p. 15. 2. Ibid p 48–49 By Lillian Penner, National Prayer Coordinator, Christian Grandparenting Network

God’s Gift to Grandparents

May 16, 2016
  Grandchildren are a gift from God, however, along with the gift grandparents have a Biblical mandate to influence their grandchildren to love Jesus and walk with Him wholeheartedly according to Deuteronomy 4:9.  “But watch out! Be very careful never to forget what you have seen God doing for you. May his miracles have a deep and permanent effect upon your lives! Tell your children and your grandchildren about the glorious miracles he did.” Deuteronomy 4:19 (TLB) Lillian Penner, National Prayer Coordinator, Christian Grandparenting Network, lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net                                                          

The First-Ever National Conference on Christian Grandparenting

May 12, 2016
My husband and I are planning to attend this conference. We hope that you will consider joining us on November 15-17, 2016, the very first national conference on Christian grandparenting, The Legacy Grandparenting Summit, will be held at Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, the Legacy Coalition has announced.The Legacy Coalition is a newly formed ministry envisioned by national leaders in children’s, youth, and family ministries which focuses on equipping Christian grandparents to be intentional disciplers of their grandchildren. Founder, Larry Fowler, has been joined by ministry veterans Wayne Rice, Steve and Valerie Bell, Dr. John Trent, Dr. Ken Canfield, and others in launching this new ministry. Fowler explains, “While the 30 million-plus Christian grandparents in America have incredible potential to influence their grandchildren, the grandparent-grandchild relationship is ignored and under-resourced by churches and the Christian community at large. We, the Legacy Coalition, believe it is time for a change.” Wayne Rice, regarded by many as one of the fathers of youth ministry, has come on as the director of conferencing for the Legacy Coalition. Rice realized, ” Not once in thirty years did I ever talk about the influence of grandparents.” The first-ever conference of its kind, the Legacy Grandparenting Summit, is designed to set a new course. Featuring an impressive lineup of over thirty speakers including respected authors and pastors like Chuck Swindoll, Gary Chapman, Josh McDowell, Michelle Anthony, Tim Kimmel, and Crawford Loritts, the conference will focus on encouraging and equipping church leaders to give attention to this huge army of potential disciplers. Fowler went on to say, “We want grandparents to have a renewed vision. The wisdom and seasoned perspective of grandparents makes them natural influencers. Yet this potential for spiritual impact goes unrecognized in churches and in the Christian community at large. The barriers to an effective relationship between a grandparent and a grandchild are overlooked and not addressed. Grandparents don’t know what tools are available for them to use with their grandchildren.” In light of this vacuum of encouragement, The Legacy Coalition believes it is time for a national movement that re-engages those in the second half of life with a vision reaching their grandchildren For more information go to legacygrandparentingsummit.com. Contact: Diane Fowler, 630-373-9510, dianef@legacycoalition.net To learn about the Legacy Coalition, go to grandparentingmatters.org. For interviews contact Diane Fowler (630-373-9510) or dianef@legacycoalition.net. For more information email info@legacycoalition.net. The Legacy Coalition is a faith-based ministry. To partner financially, go to grandparentingmatters.org/#donate. Lillian Penner, National Prayer Coordinator for Christian Grandparenting Network, penner@christingrandparenting.net